Quotes for
the Journey:

Brooding


  
Take everything easy and quit
dreaming and brooding
and you will be well guarded
from a thousand evils.

Amy Lowell

Life is too short to be little. Often we allow ourselves to be upset by little things we should forget. . . . We may lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over small grievances that in a year’s time will be forgotten.  So let us devote our lives to worthwhile actions and feelings—to great thoughts, real affection and enduring undertakings.       -Andre Maurois
   

Don't let the darkness have you.  Don't let it hold you in its grasp whenever it wants just by controlling your thoughts.  Let things go, and let them be.  Whatever has happened is over, and while you may know that you can't trust a certain person any more, that doesn't mean that you have to keep focusing on something awful that that someone has done.  Then it's no longer that person hurting you, but you hurting yourself.       -Tom Walsh

   

The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else.       -Arnold Bennett

   

God has so ordered, that in pressing on in duty we shall find the truest, richest comfort for ourselves.  Sitting down to brood over our sorrows, the darkness deepens about us and creeps into our heart, and our strength changes to weakness.  But, if we turn away from the gloom, and take up the tasks and duties to which God calls us, the light will come again, and we shall grow stronger.       -Lettie Cowman

   
Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment.  If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.     -Aldous Huxley
   

If my doctor told me I only had six months to live, I wouldn't brood.  I'd type a little faster.       -Isaac Asimov
   
If the Supreme Creator had meant us to be gloomy, he would, it seems to me, have clothed the earth in black, not in that lively green, which is the livery of cheerfulness and joy.      -Janet Graham
    
One reason most people never stop thinking is that mental frenzy keeps us from having to see the upsetting aspects of our lives.  If I'm constantly brooding about my children or career, I won't notice that I'm lonely.  If I grapple continuously with logistical problems, I can avoid contemplating little issues like, say, my own mortality.     -Martha Beck
  
Because of the "addictive" nature of ruminations, the best way to break the compelling allure of our brooding is to go "cold turkey."  Specifically, we must try to catch ourselves ruminating as quickly as we can each time, and find ways to distract ourselves so that we occupy our minds with something other than the focus of our ruminations.  And to be clear—anything else will do.  Whether it’s watching a movie, working out, doing a crossword puzzle, or playing Angry Birds, anything that requires us to concentrate will force us to stop ruminating.  Over time, by preventing the rumination from playing out and by not reinforcing its allure, the urge to revisit it will diminish.     -Guy Winch, The Squeaky Wheel
   
What some people interpret as brooding melancholy, is serenity.  I don't feel required to grasp all the time.     -David Guterson
  
Let us not paralyze our capacity for good by brooding over people's capacity for evil.     -David Sarnoff
  
Not only do we cheat ourselves and those around us if we are only glum or always wary when it comes time to respond to divine stirrings.  No, we are then also being simply unfaithful to the surrounding reality.  The one who purges gloom has given occasions and reasons, in the midst of life's sadness, to be joyful.     -Martin Marty, Our Hope for Years to Come
  
  

   

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